The infection rate is increasing. People are disregarding safety measures. Over 100k are dead in the US.
Just think, fill a stadium and put players in close proximity, isn't that a formula for infection?
No matter how safe the players are, the unknown lies with the fans and just that one player who is infected and asymptomatic. Therefore, you have a formula for disaster.
Here are some of the quotes from Dr. Fauci on resuming sports as reported by Newsweek. None of them are great. All are apparently suggesting maybe we should wait a bit...
"Speaking to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's Basketball and Beyond show on SiriusXM Radio just two weeks after U.S. sports had been ground to a halt by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Fauci explained the country faced a difficult and protracted battle with the virus.
'The game is going to go on for several weeks, Coach K,' he explained. 'The issue is that we have a large country and we have different metropolitan areas.
...We are not yet at the point where we're turning the corner and we're coming around the bend and coming down as a country...'
A month after the NBA and NHL suspended their seasons because of coronavirus, Fauci explained the only feasible route to have the major sports leagues back in action in the summer was to have games played behind closed doors.
'Nobody comes to the stadium,' he told Snapchat's Good Luck America host Peter Hamby...
'Put [the players] in big hotels, wherever you want to play, keep them very well surveilled. [...] Have them tested every single week and make sure they don't wind up infecting each other or their family, and just let them play the season out.'
...Fauci warned football was the perfect environment for the novel coronavirus to spread...
'Sweat as such won't transmit it. But if people are in such close contact as football players are on every single play, then that's the perfect set up for spreading,' he told NBC's Peter King.
'I would think that if there is an infected football player on the field—a middle linebacker, a tackle, whoever it is it—as soon as they hit the next guy, the chances are that they will be shedding virus all over that person. If you really want to be in a situation where you want to be absolutely certain, you'd test all the players before the game.'
'...To be 100 percent sure, you've got to test every day,' he explained.
'But that's not practical and that's never going to happen. But you can diminish dramatically by testing everybody Saturday night, Sunday morning, and say OK, only negative players play.'"
and baseball should not be played after October:
(Newsweek) "'If the question is time, I would try to keep it in the core summer months and end it not with the way we play the World Series, until the end of October when it's cold,' he told the Los Angeles Times.
'Under most circumstances—but we don't know for sure here—viruses do better when the weather starts to get colder and people start spending more time inside, as opposed to outside,' he continued.
'The community has a greater chance of getting infected. The likelihood is that, if you stick to the core summer months, you are better off, even though there is no guarantee.'
Here is the bottom-line, wait to resume sports until we know more and until we know that we can vaccinate. Isn't human life worth it?
All quotes are from Newsweek. Click here to read more from Newsweek.